Last season’s dues pending, cane crushing starts at Fazilka - ECAS Punjab

Last season’s dues pending, cane crushing starts at Fazilka

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Fazilka, December 3

The crushing of sugarcane began at the Fazilka Cooperative Sugar Mill amid farmers’ wait for their dues of the last crushing season, amounting to over Rs 8.54 crore.

Fazilka Deputy Commissioner Arvind Pal Singh Sandhu inaugurated the crushing today.

As per sources, sugarcane is cultivated across 1,300 hectares in Fazilka district. The mill is running under its capacity due to the shortage of sugarcane.

“Farmers are reluctant to grow sugarcane due to a delay in the payment by the government,” said Lal Chand Jhinja, a traditional grower of Beganwali village of Fazilka district.

Girish Chander Shukla, general manager of the mill, said, “There is a requirement of 16 lakh quintals of sugarcane to run the mill to its optimum capacity for stipulated 130 days, but Fazilka farmers have been able to contribute only 8 lakh quintals, which is half the required quantity. We will have to bring the sugarcane from other areas to meet the requirement,” said Shukla.

Shukla said subsidised sugar was being offered to the sugarcane growers. He called upon the farmers to grow more sugarcane to sustain the functioning of the mill.

from The Tribune

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